A roster of narrators for the audiobook version of Bob Dylan’s upcoming book has appeared, reading like who’s who of the Oscar contenders from the past few decades, along with the author himself doing some reading.
The group of vocal talent reading classes from Philosophy of Modern Song aloud includes Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jeffrey Wright and Renee Zellweger.
This lineup of all of Dylan’s alternate stars has yet to be officially announced. It was first published by UK magazine uncut; diverse Confirm the list.
“Modern Song Philosophy” is a collection of essays on 66 different songs that Dylan considers great pieces of music. It comes out on November 8th from Simon & Schuster.
Readers of the audiobook follow last month’s reveal of the 66 tunes Dylan is talking about in the upcoming book. It will include his rating of classic songs written and/or recorded by greats such as Jimmy Reed, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, and Towns van Zandt, along with perhaps less anticipated picks such as Evil’s “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”, “The Eagles”, “Witchy Woman” and ” CIA Man” by Fugs and Rosemary Clooney “Come On-a My House”.
The song list also includes four popular picks by Elvis Presley, three of which are famous recorded by Ray Charles and two from the Frank Sinatra catalog. The oldest song on Dylan’s list is Stephen Foster’s “Nelly Was a Lady”, written in 1849, and the most recent is “Dirty Life and Times” by the late Warren Zevon, from this singer’s 2003 farewell album.